GW Baseball Rallies Late Again to Top UMass, 5-4
Colonials Score Three in Bottom of Ninth to Earn Second Straight Win, Series Victory
April 20, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally from a two-run deficit and knock off UMass, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
After earning a come-from-behind victory for the second consecutive day, GW (13-23, 6-9 A-10) has now won two straight Atlantic 10 series and four of its last six games overall.
A scoreless game after the first two innings, junior Ryan Xepoleas gave the Colonials a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when he smacked a 3-2 pitch over the right centerfield wall and off the scoreboard for a two-run home run. The blast scored freshman Bobby Campbell who had reached earlier in the inning after being hit by a pitch.
Massachusetts (8-22, 6-9 A-10) responded by tying the score at 2-2 with two runs in the top of the fourth and then built a two-run advantage with single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings off of GW starter Bobby LeWarne.
LeWarne got a no-decision after allowing four runs on 11 hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
Freshman Eddie Muhl entered in relief with one out in the sixth inning and retired the first two batters he faced to escape a jam. He followed with three consecutive innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits, as he earned the victory after the Colonials rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Freshmen Andrew Selby, Eli Kashi and Colin Gibbons-Fly each displayed strong plate discipline by drawing walks in the ninth to load the bases with one out before sophomore Gabe Scott made it a one-run game by working a full-count, RBI base on balls following an eight-pitch at bat.
With the score at 4-3, Campbell came to the plate and lifted an RBI single to left field which tied the score at 4-4.
Senior Owen Beightol was up next and hit a sharp ground ball to third base, reaching safely on an infield single to give the Colonials a 5-4 walk-off victory.
Xepoleas extended his hit streak to 11 consecutive games by going 2-for-3 with one home run, two RBIs, one walk and one run scored.
Beightol also extended his hit streak to eight games after finishing 2-for-5 with one RBI.
Campbell also finished with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
GW will play midweek games at home against UMBC (Tues., 1 p.m.) and at UMES (Weds., 3 p.m.) before traveling to Richmond for a three-game A-10 series beginning on Friday.